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  • Bengals Investor And Former Reds Owner Williams Passes Away

    Williams Praised For His Sound
    Judgment, Quiet Leadership
    Bengals investor and former Reds Owner WILLIAM WILLIAMS died Sunday at the age of 93, according to David Holthaus of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. Williams in '66 was part of a group that purchased the Reds, and he "continued as one of the club's principal owners" until '85. Williams "presided over the glory years of the Big Red Machine" before selling the team to MARGE SCHOTT. Williams' sons, WILLIAM JOSEPH JR. and THOMAS, serve as Reds Chair and Reds Vice Chair & Treasurer, respectively, while his grandson DICK WILLIAMS is Reds VP/Baseball Operations. MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG said in a statement Williams' "sound judgment and quiet, determined leadership have left a considerable legacy not only with the ballclub and with Major League Baseball, but throughout the city he loved." Meanwhile, Williams was a founding investor of the Bengals in '68, and Bengals Owner MIKE BROWN said Williams "played a significant role with the team while we got under way." Brown: "He was a man of complete integrity. I trusted and admired him" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 8/24). Williams became Reds Managing General Partner in '80, then General Partner from '82-84 before the team was sold to Schott in '85 (, 8/24).

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  • Richard Codey Tops Star-Ledger's List Of Top 25 Sports Brokers

    New Jersey state Senate President RICHARD CODEY tops the Newark STAR-LEDGER's inaugural list of the New Jersey area's Top 25 most powerful sports brokers because he has "influence on every level in sports," according to the paper's Steve Politi. Codey, who has held a public office in the state since '74, has "provided the funds to start a controversial statewide steroids testing program for high school athletes." Codey also is a "diehard Seton Hall basketball booster," and he was "instrumental in getting a deal done" for the new Giants/Jets Meadowlands stadium. Meanwhile, the paper's top 10 includes four team owners and the "top two politicians in the state" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 8/23).

    New Jersey state Senate President Richard Codey
    Giants President & CEO John Mara
    Devils Owner Jeff Vanderbeek
    Rutgers Univ. football coach Greg Schiano
    New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine
    Nets Owner Bruce Ratner
    Jets Owner Woody Johnson
    New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Assoc. Exec Dir Steve Timko
    Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti
    Devils CEO, President & GM Lou Lamoriello
    Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer
    St. Anthony High School boy's basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr.
    Giants GM Jerry Reese
    New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority President & CEO Dennis Robinson
    Newark Mayor Cory Booker
    Giants coach Tom Coughlin
    Don Bosco High School football coach Greg Toal
    Nets President Rod Thorn
    Giants QB Eli Manning
    Seton Hall Prep Headmaster Msgr. Michael Kelly
    Red Bulls Managing Dir Erik Stover
    Shore Regional High School field hockey coach Nancy Williams
    Devils G Martin Brodeur
    Wayne Hills High School football coach Chris Olsen
    USGA Exec Dir David Fay

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  • Executive Transactions

    The Univ. of Akron this afternoon will introduce Univ. of Minnesota Senior Associate AD for External Relations TOM WISTRCILL as AD, replacing MACK RHOADES, who left for the same position at the Univ. of Houston. Wistrcill previously served as Badger Sports Properties GM at the Univ. of Wisconsin (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 8/25)....Kent State Univ. (KSU) AD LAING KENNEDY will retire from the position after 16 years, effective June 30, 2010. KSU President LESTER LEFTON said that there will be a national search for Kennedy's replacement. Kennedy served on the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Selection Committee for five years, and previously served as Cornell Univ. AD for 11 years (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/25).

    Dillon Named Padres VP/
    Ticket Sales & Service
    EXECS: Fuse named former Versus President GAVIN HARVEY as Exec VP & GM, reporting to MSG Media President MICHAEL BAIR. Harvey last year opted not to move with Versus when the net moved its HQs from Stamford, Connecticut, to Philadelphia (CABLEFAX DAILY, 8/25)....The PBR named Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) VP/Sales & Marketing KEVIN CAMPER Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, effective September 14 (PBR)....The Padres named Raiders Dir of Premium Seating & Ticket Sales JARROD DILLON VP/Ticket Sales & Service (Padres)....Sam Houston State Univ. (SHSU) named Blue Jackets VP/Ticket Sales DAVID PAITSON Associate AD for External Operations (SHSU)....Aetrex Worldwide named JOHN POPHAM and MICHEL RACINE Market Managers for Aetrex Canada (Aetrex).

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  • Names In The News

    In N.Y., Hank Gola notes rumors were "flying that TIGER WOODS would join PRESIDENT OBAMA for a round of golf on Martha's Vineyard where the first family is vacationing this week," but Woods "shot those down" yesterday. Woods: "Evidently people know more about my life than I do. I haven't even been informed yet" (, 8/24).

    BOOK SHELF: ANDRE AGASSI's autobiography will be published November 9 by Alfred A. Knopf. People magazine and SI have purchased first serial rights to the book (Random House)....New Chapter Press (NCP) will publish Int'l Tennis HOFer Rod Laver's memoir, "THE EDUCATION OF A TENNIS PLAYER," in recognition of the 40th anniversary of his winning all four Grand Slams in '69. The book is written with tennis broadcaster BUD COLLINS (NCP).

    Lowell, Pedroia, Beckett, Papelbon Model
    New Shirts On Behalf of Labels Are For Jars
    CHARITY STRIPE: Colts QB PEYTON MANNING's PeyBack Foundation yesterday at the Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis hosted its annual bowling tournament, which "raised money for leadership and growth programs for disadvantaged youth." Pro Football HOFer JIM KELLY was awarded with the foundation's PeyBack Award at the event, and Colts President BILL POLIAN and Indiana Gov. MITCH DANIELS were among those in attendance (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 8/25)....NASCAR driver JIMMIE JOHNSON and his wife, CHANDRA, yesterday announced that their foundation will "donate $150,000 through the Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program to schools and parent-teacher groups" in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Mooresville, Cabarrus County and Iredell-Statesville school systems in North Carolina (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/25)....Red Sox 3B MIKE LOWELL, 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA and Ps JOSH BECKETT and JONATHAN PAPELBON yesterday at Fenway Park modeled their "new 'Hit for Hunger' shirts on behalf of Labels Are for Jars, which raises money for the Cor Unum Meal Center" in Lawrence, Massachusetts (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/25).

    Dick Ebersol Attends Unveiling Of
    Ebersol Suite At Boston's Liberty Hotel
    NAMES: The Miami bid committee for the '18 FIFA World Cup met yesterday to “officially start getting the word out across South Florida” in the event the U.S. is named host of the tournament. Dolphins CEO MIKE DEE and investor EMILIO ESTEFAN, USL Miami FC President AARON DAVIDSON and Miami-Dade Sports Commission Exec Dir MIKE SOPHIA were among those in attendance (MIAMI HERALD, 8/25)....Federal prosecutors have charged financial advisor MARY WONG with stealing $3M from eight clients. Chiefs LB DEMORRIO WILLIAMS, Bears S JOSH BULLOCKS and Lions S DANIEL BULLOCKS were partners with Wong in Williams & Bullocks, which prosecutors claim “benefited from the Ponzi scheme” (AP, 8/24)….The Sports Philanthropy Project and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have recognized Bengals coach MARVIN LEWIS with the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy (Bengals)….NBC Sports & Olympics Chair DICK EBERSOL this weekend attended the unveiling of the Ebersol Suite at Boston’s Liberty Hotel. The suite is named after Ebersol’s late son TEDDY, who was a Red Sox fan, and the room is decorated with Red Sox memorabilia (THE DAILY)....WNBA Chicago Sky Owner MICHAEL ALTER is part of a group of investors that has bought a minority stake in The New Republic magazine (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/25)….Tennis players CAROLINE WOZNIACKI and FLAVIA PENNETTA yesterday played a match at Yale Bowl, marking the "world’s largest tennis court" to host a match (, 8/24)….SCOOPING THE NEWS last week ranked ESPN’s BILL SIMMONS as the ninth most influential journalist on Twitter (, 8/21)….ATPer ANDY MURRAY appeared on the fourth hour of NBC's "Today" this morning, where he gave a few lessons to NBC's HODA KOTB and TAMRON HALL ("Today," NBC, 8/25)....Boxer JOE CALZAGHE has agreed to be a contestant on BBC1’s “Strictly Come Dancing” series (Manchester GUARDIAN, 8/25).

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